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I know there is a word beginning with the letter B for someone who loves war and loves to conjure up support of war?

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Are yiu thinking of "belligerent"? –  Darius Mar 7 '13 at 4:12
    
"belligerent" can also be used as a noun, I hate to always suggest unusual usages of a word, but it's true. However, it does not meet your criteria exactly, because a "belligerent" is a person or country who is simply engaged in a war, not necessarily one who loves war itself. –  eazar001 Mar 7 '13 at 4:42
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I initially heard this as a setup for a joke - the answer being Bush –  Sean Cheshire Mar 7 '13 at 13:45
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"Belligerent" is not a bad choice. I've heard it used to describe people who like to fight and/or engage in war. However, that usage is kind of a stretch. It really only means "engaged in war" (whether you like it or not).

A better choice would be "warmonger," which refers to a person who "encourages warfare" (which is closer to the "lover of war" that you asked about).

I hope this helps :)

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I think you're looking for bellicose.

bellicose (adjective) demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight: a mood of bellicose jingoism

So: "a bellicose person".

As well, you could use the noun form , "bellicosity", to refer to a person's disposition.

His bellicosity always led him into conflicts with his neighbors.

NB: There is no agent form of bellicose, nor usage of the adjective as noun (see: He's a belligerant, don't listen to him.)

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+1. But perhaps you could be clearer that, unlike belligerent, this cannot be a noun. –  TimLymington Mar 7 '13 at 13:22
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